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Poster: SactownTom Date: Dec 1, 2006 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NonDead Concerts

Seems like I'm always late to the party on the cool threads but I'll chime in on this one...

SNACK (I was 15 and I DID NOT GET the GD that day)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Winterland '75
Day on the Green w/ Trower, Dave Mason, Frampton, Fleetwood Mac ('75--before Frampton and the Mac (w/ Lindsey/Stevie) went huge
Journey (BEFORE Steve Perry turned them into wimps, they were a great prog/jam band--Aynsley Dunbar on drums)--several times 74-77
Little Feat--BCT '78--w/ Lowell
Marley '79--Oakland Aud (w/ Ronnie Wood on long encore; BTW, this show is on the Wolfgang's Vault site)
Many Lindley/El Rayo shows at various clubs in Bay Area
Jim Carroll Band
Clash/English Beat at SF Civic
Stones 78, 81
Who 80(?), 82
Van Morrison--BCT
Lots of reggae greats when I was living in Humboldt 83-86 (never could figure out why they always came through in October and November!)
Punk shows at the Stone and Fab Mab in the early 80's
My first Strawberry Fest in '86 had Grisman, Newgrass, John Hartford, Hot Rize, The Dillards--Jam on Sunday night with about 20 people on stage doing bluegrass standards--totally sick shit. I was hooked on grass (blue) from then on
At Strawberry (at various times):Arlo, Gillian Welch, Emmylou, Lucinda, Steve Earle, Hot Rize, Tim O'Brien, Allison Krauss w/ Jerry D., Lindley, Sam Bush, Grisman, Bluegrass Sessions, Alejandro Escovedo, Dave Alvin, Jimmy LaFave, Roseanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark and on and on and on...
Note:Many of the artists at Strawberry claim it is their favorite festival to play. It is definitely my favorite to attend. Held twice a year (Memorial and Labor Day weekends) just outside of Yosemite. Always sells out early. Great family vibe, very well run fest. I used to go to both fests every year--now we go to just one. I can't speak highly enough of this fest. It has significantly helped fill the gap left by no more
GD shows. Not so ironically, I started my annual attendance in Sept. 95. After the music ended on Sunday night, I was blissfully wandering around the camp around 1 AM and heard Garcia singing Amazing Grace on the little festival radio station. Jerry had just passed and I was overcome with emotion. I was by myself and I just got this profound feeling of sadness and resignation, mixed with exhiliration and joy at how fortunate I had been to spend almost 20 years enjoying and loving his music. And here was something I had never heard before and it was absolutely magical. I will NEVER forget that moment in my life. What I was hearing turned out to be the Pizza Tapes, which weren't released for several more years. Until it was released, I wondered if I had really heard Jerry sing Amazing Grace that night in the woods near Yosemite. God, what an experience...

Whoa--Sorry about that--got a little off topic, I guess.

Live Music Is Better, Bumper Stickers Will Be Issued (NY)
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